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Fall 2015 - Volume 9; Issue 6

SURGEONS of STEEL

In this Issue Legislative Update: Regulation without Representation 5 Things Your Manufacturing Website Needs Right NOW Arrowhead High School Opens New Design Engineering Manufacturing Center

Cover photo contributed by TDMAW Member & Sponsor, The Kinetic Company


President's Letter

October 2015 Is MANUFACTURING MONTH

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recently read, “Manufacturing employs the largest amount of workers in the State of Wisconsin and is responsible for 19% of the state's output, totaling nearly $50 billion”.

I’m writing this letter a week before the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show (WMTS) that comes to State Fair Park in Milwaukee every-other year. We’re anticipating a good show, with many different exhibitors and events during its three day run. I hope that most of you were able to attend; it’s always a great opportunity for our members, and others, to see the latest in new equipment, technology, and other services that could help their companies. We had a nice turnout for the TDMAW Members Social that was held on September 15th at Weissgerber’s Gasthaus, in Waukesha. We completely filled the downstairs banquet room, but luckily had plenty of room in their bar and lounge area, where members could order drinks, and sit down and socialize with others, before and after dinner. It was really a fun evening with good food, drink and friendship. I truly enjoyed seeing and visiting with everyone, and meeting many of our long time and Charter Members, some for the first time. It was inspiring to hear some of our older member’s stories about their companies, war time, and other things that were happening throughout the history of TDMAW, some dating back to 1937 (78 years ago), when the TDMAW was founded! It was also fun hearing a few funny stories and fond memories from other members. I want to thank all of our Charter & Honorary Members that were recognized for their years of help, dedication and service to our association. I also want to thank Mary Wehrheim of Stanek Tool, and Jim Persik of Milwaukee Fabricators, for their help with planning, and Mary’s help with presenting the awards that evening.

Almost all of the honorees emphasized the importance of getting involved in the association. We are always looking for new committee and chair people, so if you are interested in getting involved, please contact me or the TDMAW Headquarters. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to network and to meet new people. You’ll be able to see more on these special members, and photos from the evening on page 8 of this issue. Earlier in the year some of you asked TDMAW Headquarters to consider doing a Wage & Benefit Survey, like we’ve done in past. Some of you might remember doing this. Everyone that participated received a free copy of the report. I want to let everyone know that the Board looked into this, and due to the cost (approx $5,000) decided not to conduct a survey, but rather to look into other options. During the discussion at our September Board meeting, our Treasurer, Alan Petelinsek with Power Test, Inc., told us about a free web site, www.worknet. wi.gov, that our members could use for wage & benefit information, and that it is broken down by the different counties in our state. I looked this up, and it appears to be a great resource that could provide help to our members and their HR department people. I want to let everyone know that our Partner & Sponsor EXPO, that we usually have in the fall of the year, has been changed, and will be moved to April 5, 2016. Because we have the WMTS Show in October, and for other reasons, we thought it would be best for our partners & sponsors, that we move this event to early 2016. It’s hard to believe we’re already in the last quarter of 2015. I hope you are experiencing good sales and a profitable year. When I’m on the road, meeting with customers and other business people, I always like to ask them about their companies, how business is doing, and what they see for the future? I can report that early in the year, through June, almost everyone I talked to was busy, and reporting a backlog of work and good customer orders. Most everyone I talked to was anticipating a

good year and strong sales. But since July, more and more people, many tool & machine shop owners, are saying they’re either steady, or that business has slowed down. Some are even reporting they are slow and could use more work. A lot depends on the industries they serve, their customer base, and timing of projects or new programs. Of course, most companies that depend on mining, fracking and agriculture are still down, and continue to be slower than others. Overall, the majority of people I talk with are still pretty busy and expecting to have a good year. It appears the companies that have a diversified customer base, and that are involved in the medical or the auto industry, are doing the best, and are anticipating good sales for 2016. Happy Halloween & Thanksgiving to all of you, Yours truly, — Randy A. Weber , TDMAW President

TDMAW 2016 Slate of Officers Nominees President Brian Nuetzel Matzel Manufacturing, Inc. Vice President Pete Kambouris Wisconsin Engraving Company Treasurer Alan Petelinsek Power Test, Inc. Secretary Kirk Kussman Aztalan Engineering, Inc. Chairman of the Board Randy Weber DACO Precision-Tool Members watch your email for your voting ballot.

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2015 Board of Directors President - Randy Weber Daco Precision-Tool 262.626.6591 | randy@daco-precision.com Vice President - Brian Nuetzel Matzel Manufacturing, Inc. 414.466.3800 | Briann@mzmatzel.com Treasurer - Alan Petelinsek Power Test, Inc. 262.252.4301 | alan@pwrtst.com Secretary - Kirk Kussman Aztalan Engineering Inc. 920.648-3411 | kkussman@aztalan.com Chairman of the Board - Steve Latus Journeymen Tool & Technologies, Inc. 414.228.8338 | steve@journeymentool.com

2015 Committee Chairs Advisory Co-Chairs Jim Persik 262.781.3190 | jim@milfab.com Mary Wehrheim 262.786.0120 l mwehrheim@stanektool.com Apprenticeship Co-Chairs Mary Wehrheim 262.786.0120 | mwehrheim@stanektool.com Allen Weiss 262.820.3400 | aweiss@integritywireedm.com Budget Alan Petelinsek 262.252.4301 | alan@pwrtst.com

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Business Support Brian Nuetzel 414.466.3800 | Briann@mzmatzel.com Insurance Kirk Kussman 920.648.3411 | kkussman@aztalan.com Legislative Kathy Pfannerstill 262.250.7640 | kathy@toolcraft.com Membership/Programs/Events Randy Weber 262.626.6591 | randy@daco-precision.com Nominating Steve Latus 414.228.8338 | steve@journeymentool.com Promotions Lynn Mahuta 262.502.4100 | lynn@mahutatool.com Scholarship Steve Latus 414.228.8338 | steve@journeymentool.com

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IN THE KNOW The TDMAW 2016 Budget is nearing completion. Members will have an opportunity to review the budget and vote on its approval, by the end of the year. Watch your email! Welcome TDMAW New Member, Airport Grinding, 206 E. Oak Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154. Owner: Jeff Klimaszewski, JK2DK@aol.com, (414) 588-4271. Remember to update your roster! EFCO Finishing Corporation has applied for TDMAW Membership. In accordance with the TDMAW bylaws (article II – Membership section 5), members are given 30 days to submit a written objection. The deadline for a written objection is Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Norstan Inc. has applied for TDMAW Membership. In accordance with the TDMAW bylaws (article II – Membership section 5), members are given 30 days to submit a written objection. The deadline for a written objection is Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

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Press Releases

Derrick Gilane Superior Die Set is proud to announce that our Outside Sales Engineer, Derrick Gilane will be representing us in Missouri, Kansas, and Southern Illinois. Since 2003, he has been working at Superior in different departments learning the Superior ways. While working, Derrick continued his college education and earned his Bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Cardinal Stritch University in Business Administration. Founded in 1923, Superior Die Set is a manufacturer of die sets, mold bases, pins/ bushings, three platen presses, cut-andground machined plate, fabrications and forging products. Still operated by the Janiszewski family – now in the 4th generation - operates four plants: two in the United States, and two in Europe.

Brandon Haffelder Superior Die Set welcomes our new Process Engineer, Brandon Haffelder to our manufacturing team. He will be improving on manufacturing efficiency and accuracy, while improving product flow. Brandon is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering. During his time at UWM Brandon interned for two years as a Manufacturing Engineer, and prior to that he served 7 years in the United States Air Force.

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Founded in 1923, Superior Die Set is a manufacturer of die sets, mold bases, pins/ bushings, three platen presses, cut-andground machined plate, fabrications and forging products. Still operated by the Janiszewski family – now in the 4th generation - operates four plants: two in the United States, and two in Europe.

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Member Only Social Highlights

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n September 15th, TDMAW held a Member Only Social at Weissgerber’s Gasthaus, to recognize and honor three TDMAW Charter Members, as well as TDMAW Honorary Members. The evening included a lot of reminiscing and storytelling!

The representatives from our three charter members received TDMAW goblets. The goblets are a beautiful representation of our association, with the aluminum being donated by TDMAW sponsor, Alro Specialty Metals, the machining done by students at MATC, and the anodizing, engraving and inspecting being completed by TDMAW members Brenner Industries and Mahuta Tool Corp. The goblet recipients (Charter Members) were: Bill Jones of Wisconsin Engraving, Mary Wehrheim of Stanek Tool and Frank Janiszewski of Superior Die Set.

Kirk Kussman, Becky Fisher, Randy Weber and Mary Wehrheim

Honorary Members received plaques. An Honorary Member, according to the TDMAW Bylaws, is any individual, who by virtue of outstanding service of accomplishment has rendered valuable aid to the Association. Recognized as Honorary Members were:

Jerry Heckel

Ken Mahuta

Spencer Hintz

Lynn Mahuta

Jim Holtermann

Jim Persik

Bill Jones

Chris Pfannerstill

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Randy Weber with Honorary and Charter Member, Bill Jones

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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Visits Evolving Waukesha Manufacturer with Message for Industry Article submitted by TDMAW member, Miro Tool & Manufacturing

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aukesha, WI – To commemorate National Manufacturing Day, Miro Tool & Mfg., a contract manufacturer specializing in metal stamping, fabrication and machining, hosted a visit from United States Senator Ron Johnson on October 2nd. Senator Johnson toured the evolving manufacturer’s 42,000-square-foot facility, seeing the company’s two recent capital investments in action—a 4500-watt Mitsubishi CO2 laser cutting machine and a Brown Boggs 600-ton stamping press. With the Mitsubishi laser as a backdrop, the Senator spoke to the employees afterwards delivering this message. “The purpose of Wisconsin Manufacturing Month is to highlight how much manufacturing contributes to our state — especially how manufacturing offers well-paid jobs across a wide range of skill levels and interests. It is encouraging to see Wisconsin education officials joining state agencies and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce in spreading this message during the month. We need to overcome the attitude that work in manufacturing is second-class and that working in the skilled trades is undesirable. All work has value and provides the dignity of earning one’s own success. From my 31 years as a manufacturer, working with skilled, dedicated Wisconsin employees, I can attest that careers in manufacturing are a great way to make a living.”

Senator Johnson visits Miro Tool

contract manufacturing. The company partners with customers from product design through the manufacturing of parts and assemblies, or as Miro states it “from start to part”.

For more information about the complete line of services offered by the company, contact Miro Tool & Mfg., Inc., 201 Sentry Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186, Phone: (262) 549-6685 or visit www.miro-tool.com.

Miro President, Jeff Brown, commented, “It is a great honor for a small manufacturing company like Miro to host a United States Senator during this time of diversification and investment for us, especially someone like Senator Johnson who understands the needs of American manufacturers.” Building on its background as a tool & die shop, Miro has evolved into toolmaker@TDMAW.org | 9


5 Things Your Manufacturing Website Needs Right NOW

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aybe you’re a manufacturer that doesn’t sell directly to the public—so why worry about what’s on your website? While plenty of manufacturers still depend on tried-andtrue marketing tactics (including cold calling, mailing out printed catalogs and attending trade shows), there’s another highly effective marketing method on the block that’s about to help you do even more to improve your customer relationships and hike up your sales: digital marketing. Here’s what your manufacturing website needs so your enterprise can attract more attention and retain more happy customers…

1. Enhanced Content Your top-level webpages are just the beginning. Buyers, whether individual consumers or businesses, want the same thing: Information, and lots of it. You can enrich your content with white papers, case studies, articles, FAQs, and a blog covering company and industry news and concerns. A great content strategy helps your manufacturing marketing efforts by:

3. Immediate Response

• Increasing brand recognition.

One of the biggest mistakes any company can make is not responding to customer or prospect requests in a timely manner. People want answers right now—not in a few days. The faster you respond to inquiries, the more likely you are to make the sale. If you don’t, you can bet your competitors will.

2. Call-to-Action Buttons (CTAs)

To speed up response times, consider automated email responses and sales team alerts.

• Increasing your web traffic and pushing you up in web search results. • Establishing your in-house experts as knowledgeable voices of authority within your industry.

A straightforward CTA gives your content teeth. Asking site visitors to provide basic information in exchange for something valuable, such as an eBook or white paper, ensures you don’t lose a potential lead.

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4. Behind-the-Scenes Analytics Analytics is the science of measuring, analyzing and generating reports from visitor and user data. It can include where users are located, how long they remain on each webpage (and even how far down they scrolled), where the visit originated, and where they go next.

Understanding what your website visitors do (and don’t do) can help you improve your website, target your marketing, separate hot leads from casual lookie-loos….and cut down on wasted time.

5. Responsive Design Many business executives report they usually search the web from their desktops, but mobile marketing is rapidly on the rise. Few online experiences are more frustrating than using a cellphone to access a website that’s not properly sized for a mobile device. Your clients may not be researching your product on mobile devices today, but they will be… soon! Want to learn more about attracting more customers through effective digital marketing? Contact Cultivate Communications www.cultivatecommunications.com

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Arrowhead High School Opens New Design Engineering Manufacturing Center

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rrowhead High School, Hartland, opened its Design Engineering Manufacturing (DEM) Center on September 1 to 260 students. Following the work of a 15 member Arrowhead Manufacturing Steering Committee’s recommendations and upon commitment of over $2 million from the school board to totally revamp nearly 15000 square feet of space, the DEM Center is ready to be used. The renovation was in response to the strong message from businesses that there is and will continue to be a severe skill shortage in jobs that lead to well-paying and satisfying careers in modern manufacturing. In addition, Arrowhead felt compelled to act to better serve our population of 2250 students to help them make connections between creating and designing, with solving problems with known and unknown solutions, and then seeing the results of making or producing something of value. The result is the creation of two engineering labs with small scale maker equipment and maker space, one glassed in design lab inside a modern manufacturing lab that allows students to experience a number of processes with metals, composites, plastics and woods using manual and CNC equipment. Two updated art rooms were also created. In addition, the Arrowhead Innovation Lab, accessible to the entire school, is being created as an “idea” space using design thinking. The DEM Center is designed to serve the grade 9 and 10 students housed in the Arrowhead High School South Campus. Arrowhead believes that talent development needs to start as early as possible so students gain insight and become excited about opportunities that they may not have known existed. All seven K-8 public schools who feed Arrowhead High School have strong Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) programs and the high school needs to build on those experiences.

Therefore, two new courses were created and all previous courses offered to grade 9 and 10 students were eliminated. These courses are Introduction to Engineering and Manufacturing (IEM) and Manufacturing and Engineering with Materials (MEM). Both courses will include very hands learning. In addition, Principles of Engineering (POE) will now be taught in the Center. These offerings at South Campus give students a jump start to access courses for grade 11 and 12 students at North Campus currently consisting of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Computer integrated Manufacturing (CIM) with Physics of Electronics, metals fabrication and metals manufacturing, along with Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), and Engineering Design and Development (EDD).

to see, feel, smell, create and be part of the design, engineering, and manufacturing experience. Our students depend on schools providing this kind of experience and our businesses and economy will benefit if schools like Arrowhead High School respond.

Opportunities like this must begin at the high school level. The partnership with the technical college, businesses and the community is essential in order to build a pipeline of motivated, interested and appropriately skilled students who can begin to fill the manufacturing skills gap. Students need more than guest speakers and field trips to achieve this. They need

For further information contact Bonnie Laugerman, Interim Point Person for the project and prior Arrowhead North Campus Principal and Director of Learning at bonnielaugerman@ gmail.com; Sue Casetta, current Director of Learning at casetta@arrowheadschools.org; or Laura Myrah, Superintendent at myrah@ arrowheadschools.org.

Arrowhead High School is open to working with businesses and the community and is looking for continued support, financial and other, to equip the space now and over the next two years. We are planning a DEM Center Open House on October 19 for the community, media, businesses, and parents. Information will be posted on the Arrowhead website: www.Arrowheadschools.org. For further information check the DEM Center website at http://tinyurl.com/AHS-D-EM-C.

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What you need to know about achieving flat parts with secondary machining operations. Article submitted by TDMAW member, Columbia Grinding

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his brief course will cover the basics of: Blanchard, Surface grinding, Double Disc grinding, Lapping both single & double sided and Flat honing / Fine Grinding. This will aid you in taking on more jobs when you sub-contract these operations.

Blanchard Blanchard grinding is accomplished through rotary work motions. The magnetic worktable that holds the work pieces in place rotates counterclockwise and the abrasive wheel rotates clockwise. The abrasive is fed into the work resulting in all pieces being ground to a uniform size and surface finish.

Double Disc Grinding Double Disc grinders are good for parts that have parallel and similar flat surface areas. Critical tolerances +/.001 can be held. Double disc grinders use two abrasive discs to remove even stock on two opposite and parallel sides of product components. The grinding of two sides, simultaneously, reduces handling and eliminates the extra grinding time, speeds production and provides consistency over the entire run of parts. Production rates can range from twenty to over ten thousand pieces per hour.

• Any kind of material including nonmagnetic can be run Image of 2-sided carriers with explanations describing it as a 2-sided.

Flat Honing / Fine Grinding This unique grinding process uses fixed abrasives such as diamond or CBN to remove material at an extremely controlled rate without dirty residue. One or many parts are held in several carriers per load. Flat Honing / Fine Grinding has many advantages: • Can hold all of the Lapping tolerances listed above • Production rates can be 3 to 20 times faster than conventional lapping • Ideal for: small thin metal parts, stampings, fine-blanked stampings, thin-metal molded parts, machined parts, powdered metal, and both ferrous and nonferrous metal alloys.

These machines are versatile and can be set up is fairly simply. Production rates are high because of the ease of loading as well as the number of parts that can be ground at the same time. Large stock removal on very broad surfaces is easily accomplished because of the efficiency of the machine. Blanchard grinding has such broad applications that it can be considered for rough and finish machining on any flat surface unobstructed by projections. A typical tolerance is +/-.001. With special tooling +/-.0002 can be achieved.

Surface Grinding These machines have magnetic tables that reciprocates under a abrasive mounted to a horizontal spindle. There is a rotary table version that would be able to generate concave or convex surfaces. These machines are usually seen in tool rooms and are capable of hold tolerances in the range of +/-.0005 or less. These machines are also good on production runs, especially on small or thin pieces (1/4" dia., .013" thick) but not good with high stock removals.

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• Ceramics, plastics and irregular shapes are easily ground to high tolerances

Lapping is the process of mixing loose abrasives with a vehicle such as oil and letting it remove material from the work piece at a very controlled rate. There are one sided and two sided machines. Flatness of 1 Light Band (11.6 millionth of an inch) can be held. Parallelism: .0001 can be held on one sided and .000020 on the two sided machines. Size Control: +/- .00015 inches on the single and +/.000020 on the two sided. Finishes can be as low as 4 Ra and 2 Ra with the aid of a polishing machine.

• With proper process controls sizes can be held to within +/-1.5 micron

Lapping is a slow process but has many advantages:

Columbia Grinding is a job shop offering comprehensive flat grinding & lapping services, with a reputation as “Midwest’s Premier Flatwork Specialist”. We have all the processes listed above. This combined with our value-added services, extensive abrasive inventory and many years of experience gives us the ability to accomplish most any job. We would strongly recommend a visit to our web site @columbiagriniding.com for additional educational information.

• Small thin parts are easily handled • Thermal distortions are virtually non-existent • Clamping distortions are a thing of the past • Brittle parts are easy to run because of the gentle grinding action

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Wisconsin Metal Parts as it Invests in Technology and Employees Article submitted by TDMAW Member, Wisconsin Metal Parts

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anufacturers often talk about staying ahead of the curve and anticipating customer needs, but it’s a challenge to consistently achieve it. Waukesha-based Wisconsin Metal Parts Inc., continually demonstrates how to succeed by strategically investing in technology and people. WMPI, a custom supplier of precision metal parts founded in 1988, offers tool & die making, metal stamping, CNC machining, fiber laser cutting, metal fabrication, welding, wire EDM and assembly services. It serves markets such as industrial components, heat transfer, military, medical, energy and aerospace. WMPI’s metal fabrication business has especially grown in recent years, and the company has had to decide how to pursue new, fast-moving opportunities while improving productivity. In 2014 alone, WMPI purchased two new 5,000watt fiber lasers, a 300-ton electric brake press and a third building expanding its manufacturing space to more than 75,000 sq. ft. while running three shifts. “We’re continually investing in new technologies that make sense for our customers and employees,” says Dan Erschen, president of Wisconsin Metal Parts. Overall, these investments have helped reduce WMPI customers’ cost per part, improve quality and speed turnaround times.

Early Adapter of Fiber Laser Cutting A few years ago, as fiber lasers began to appear in the metal cutting industry as an alternative to CO2 lasers, Wisconsin Metal Parts saw an opportunity. It was one of the first fabricators in the state to add solid state fiber lasers. The goal was to supplement WMP’s secondary services such as welding, CNC machining and assembly to save customer costs by processing all of their parts within one facility. WMPI quickly kept its first fiber laser system busy and now has a second TRUMPF TruLaser 5030 fiber unit, each 18 | TDMAW HQ 262-532-2440

powered by a 5,000-watt TruDisk laser. The company currently has additional capacity to process two to three semi-loads of material per week (150 to 180 hours of beam time). While CO2 lasers still have their advantages, the fiber systems can cut three to five times faster than CO2,in materials up to 3/8” thick and WMPI can turn around most flat laser work within a few days. The units are capable of cutting metals up to 1.00” but their sweet spot is thinner, closer tolerance work. Fiber lasers also have the capability to cut highly reflective materials such as stainless, aluminum, copper and brass. WMP also added a BrightLine fiber option to further improve cut quality in materials .631.00” thick, and uses material handling automation allowing for minimally attended or even lights out operation.

Electric Press Brake for Sizeable Formed parts WMPI strengthened its metal forming capabilities with a large electric press brake for metal bending. It installed a 14ft., 330-ton SafanDarley E-brake which is ideal for challenging, multi-bend metal parts. The 14 foot bed allows room to setup a progression of bends keeping handling time as low as possible. The electric brake is faster than hydraulic brakes, especially on larger part runs, and it produces consistent part quality while running quietly. The brake is designed to reduce crown, which allows straighter bending of longer parts, without having to adjust for crown as other brake presses require. The improved part accuracy helps WMPI reduce the number of sample parts required, reducing development time and saving costs for customers. The e-brake can also meet and maintain customer print tolerances faster and longer than standard hydraulic brake presses.

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The MCE Manufacturing Career Expo Article submitted by Lynn Grgich, Executive Director, Germantown Area Chamber of Commerce

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t is hard to believe the MCE Manufacturing Career Expo is in its seventh year. The MCE is organized in partnership by the Germantown, Menomonee Falls and Sussex Chambers of Commerce. Helping to Create the Workforce of Tomorrow is an urgent goal as reports from many different sources indicate the retirement of workers, especially in the Production/ Operations/Manufacturing areas, will reach 48.6% over the next 10 years¹. How does the MCE help to create the workforce of tomorrow? First of all, by building awareness. Television has done wonders for bringing attention to careers in healthcare, forensic medicine, criminal investigation, designing with shows like House, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones, CSI, everything on HGTV. Although we won’t be shooting any episodes for TV, the MCE is using the same premise of showing our students what a job in manufacturing might entail. See the process, tools, computer programs; see finished products and where they go from here; talk to the individuals who actually perform these jobs; and learn that products used globally are made right here in their backyards. Once a student’s interest is piqued, the expo provides the pathway to take them from where they are right now toward a career in manufacturing. Counselors from area post-secondary schools are available to talk about what courses to take in high school and after graduation to obtain specific jobs. Finally, applications for scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors who are pursuing a career in manufacturing. Funds for these

scholarships are derived from the MCE Manufacturing Career Expo. So far over $16,000 has been awarded to students. Over 2,500 students have visited the MCE over the past six years. Invitations have gone out to high schools in Ozaukee, Milwaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties. Fieldtrips are welcome and there is no admission fee. Educators and parents are encouraged to attend. Their awareness also needs to be expanded to include manufacturing; if they have not worked in the industry how can they advise their student? You can help! Encourage your local high school to send a group of students to an event such as the MCE. Educators and even school boards need to hear from their “customers” (you) what is needed from the students they are preparing for the workforce. There is a slow movement away from assuming every student should attend a four-year college after high school. This awakening should help the manufacturing industry. There are so many opportunities for a viable career where continuing education can be turned into earning power quicker.

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Getting students to even consider a career in manufacturing is progress. The MCE Manufacturing Career Expo works hard to do that! This year’s event is Wednesday and Thursday, October 14 & 15, at Washington County Fair Park. The expo is open to everyone! ¹ Washington County Retirement & Departure Intentions Survey Report, February 2013

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Attracting & Engaging Millennials Article submitted by TDMAW Member & Sponsor, Busch Precision There are 1.7 billion Millennials worldwide with over 80 million in the U.S. alone. This generation will dominate the workforce by 2020 and change the way the world works. So how do companies connect with this powerful and illusive demographic? These days every company is trying to "engage" Millennials, but the truth is Milliennials aren't asking to "be engaged." These individuals are extremely passionate and drawn to work that promises self-direction, worklife balance, fulfillment, and flexibility. They're the most highly educated of any other generation and highly dependent on technology. Collaborative, openminded, goal-oriented, and sociable, they have high expectations of their employers and loyalty to companies willing to make an investment in their future. There's a common misconception that employers need to spend a lot of money to make this generation happy, but that's far from true. Here's what you can do now: Give your digital footprint a little TLC. This generation is arriving in the workplace with higher expectations than any other before them and they are very well connected. If an employer doesn't meet those expectations these individuals can tell thousands of their peers with the click of a mouse. Keep up your company's Glassdoor page, social media activity, and web site. Brag about how great your company is on social media and use your

current employees as your best brand ambassadors. Choose a company hashtag to be used on social media and encourage your employees to use it frequently. When potential job candidates search online for more information on your company they'll be able to see how much your current employees love their jobs and get excited about becoming part of a great team. Millennials have high digital expectations and research extensively before making decisions. You don't want to miss out on great candidates due to a spotty online presence. Provide Professional Development Opportunities. Millennials want to know they can grow with your company and place a high value on employers that offer professional development opportunities. 65% of them said personal and professional development was the most influential factor in choosing their current job. Offer employees tools to develop themselves in the work place such as webinars, mentorship opportunities, and frequent performance feedback to name a few. Provide a career roadmap. If employees don't see a clear cut career path for advancement many think their only option is out. Promote a Collaborative Environment. Millennials don't want to work for someone, they want to work with someone. To many managers this attitude comes across as entitled or disrespectful when in fact this collaborative group sees their superiors as partners. They would much prefer

a mentor or coach they can learn from than a supervisor that tells them what to do. This generation values relationships and building partnerships with those they work with. Many companies that have already implemented mentorship programs have seen both the mentor and mentee reap huge benefits both personally and professionally. Transparency. Many of these individuals witnessed their parents or family members dedicate most of their lives to a single company only to lose their jobs when the recession hit and it's affected the loyalty and trust they have for organizations today. The best way to combat this is to be transparent with both current employees and future hires. Include them as best you can in decisionmaking processes and be candid about where the company is. Employees have more respect for a company that's honest with them resulting in higher morale and job satisfaction. Transparency cultivates a feeling of inclusion and belonging. Employees feel like they play an influential role in the goals and direction of the company. Companies that are successful in attracting and engaging this generation have done so due to small changes and company cultures shifts. Hiring and retaining Millennials is a necessity and it doesn't have to be difficult. Take some time to reevaluate your hiring practices and work environment. Some small changes can provide major results.

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Regulation without Representation Scott Manley, WMC Vice President of Government Relations

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he federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued its global warming rule for coal-fired power plants and is expected to finalize another rule this fall establishing stringent new air quality standards for ozone. Together, the two rules will create the perfect storm for widespread job losses in Wisconsin, especially in the manufacturing sector. The sheer cost of these two rules is staggering. Wisconsin’s utility regulators at the Public Service Commission estimated the global warming rule to cost between $3.4 billion and $13.4 billion depending on the available compliance mechanisms. To put those costs into perspective, Wisconsin homeowners and businesses spend a combined $7.3 billion each year on electricity. Although the global warming rule will saddle our job creators with unprecedented costs, the ozone rule will be even more expensive. Widely acknowledged as the most expensive federal regulation ever conceived the ozone rule is expected to cost the U.S. $140 billion each year. In Wisconsin, the rule is expected to cost $10 billion in direct costs, and result in a $28 billion loss in economic output over two decades. The rule’s impact on workers will be equally devastating. The ozone rule is projected to result in more than 23,000 lost job equivalents per year in Wisconsin alone.

more outrageous and unbelievable the EPA would do so by utilizing a regulatory framework specifically rejected by Congress. Recall when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid controlled both houses of Congress, a majority of Democrats and Republicans opposed cap-and-trade legislation. The 111th Congress rejected this ill-considered policy on a bipartisan basis, thereby denying President Obama a victory on a signature policy issue. But the fact Congress rejected cap-and-trade did not stop the EPA from including it in the final version of its global warming rule. The Obama Administration’s behavior is an act of defiance to the will of the people and the consent of the governed that would make King George III blush. There are numerous reasons why members of Congress, who are accountable to the voters back home, would never support either of these selfinflicted wounds on our economy. Although the EPA may not care these rules will costs billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, members of Congress typically do. Although the EPA may not care the global warming rule will ultimately eliminate a tremendous strategic advantage for the U.S. by cutting ourselves off from our most abundant

and affordable source of domestic energy, members of Congress typically do. Although the EPA may not care its incredibly expensive rule will be spectacularly ineffective at addressing global warming, members of Congress typically care about costs versus benefits. Most members of Congress would not view unilateral economic disarmament in exchange for reducing global temperatures by 0.016 degrees Fahrenheit to be a good trade. Nor would they agree to put thousands of families in their districts out of work in order to save 0.01 inches in sea level rise. But the EPA need not concern itself with such trivialities because it is held to account to no one, least of all voters. That must change. The short term battle will involve litigating the rules and the shaky legal foundation they were built upon. That’s our best and only hope of avoiding a disaster waiting to happen with respect to middle-class manufacturing jobs. The longer term battle must involve reining in this type of executive branch overreach and putting legislators who are accountable to voters back in charge of these policy decisions. BV Follow Scott on Twitter @ManleyWMC

Our state will be hit particularly hard by these rules because we have the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs per capita in the country. These jobs rely on affordable and reliable energy as their lifeblood, both of which will be compromised by these incredibly expensive and misguided regulations. The law and policy changes contemplated by these two rules will result in economic costs measured in billions of dollars and thousands of lost jobs each year. Yet not a single elected official will have cast a vote to approve either of them. It’s inconceivable our Founding Fathers would ever envision a situation where the federal government could enact laws causing tens of thousands of workers to lose their job each year without an act of Congress. It’s even toolmaker@TDMAW.org | 21


Charting Progress in Closing Skills Gap Submitted by Kurt R. Bauer, President/CEO Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce – Wisconsin’s Chamber

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nrollment in manufacturingrelated courses at Wisconsin’s 16 technical colleges has increased 26 percent since 2012. That doesn’t mean the skills gap has been closed or that Wisconsin manufacturers now have a reliable pipeline of workers to replace the retiring Baby boomers. But it does mean that we are making progress by working together to expose young people to manufacturing career options and by better aligning education with indemand jobs. Credit for the increased awareness of and interest in manufacturing-related careers goes to many people and entities, including leaders in Wisconsin’s K-12 districts, the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and local chambers of commerce. WMC deserves some of the credit as well. Since 2011, WMC has hosted three workforce summits to bring together

businesspeople, government officials and educators. Those summits have helped improve communication and cooperation between manufacturers and K-12 districts and technical colleges. It also led to October being designated as Manufacturing Month in order to celebrate Wisconsin’s rich manufacturing past and promote its promising future. Another important goal of Manufacturing Month is show young people how things are made and learn about the careers available in advanced manufacturing, including what kind of training is required to pursue them. Of course not all of the people enrolling in manufacturing-related courses are recent high school graduates. Many are displaced workers looking for new opportunities. They have heard that Wisconsin manufacturers have good paying jobs available to people who want to work, are drug free, interested in learning new skills and, in some cases, are willing to relocate.

But while we should be pleased with our progress, we know there is a lot more work to be done to close the skills gap in manufacturing, let alone the expanding worker shortage in other fields like information technology, accounting, healthcare, teaching, etc. Sixty-four percent of WMC’s member CEOs said in our winter economic survey that they are having trouble finding workers, up from 53 percent last summer. That is likely why when asked in the same survey “what is the top business concern facing your company” 26 percent said “labor availability.” The sad irony is that as the economy improves, demand for workers rises. But if businesses can’t find the workers, the economy can’t improve, at least not to its full potential. Case in point, Ashley Furniture recently announced it would forgo a planned expansion in Western Wisconsin in part because of a lack of workers. The state’s unemployment rate is around 5 percent, the lowest since 2008. But it is 4.5 percent in Trempealeau County where Ashley is located. Ashley’s decision makes me wonder which is the bigger challenge for Wisconsin’s economy, creating new jobs or filling existing ones? Given that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is still too high and that the labor participation rate is at or near a record low, there should be enough supply of workers to meet the demand for jobs. But clearly that isn’t the case, at least in some parts of the state and in some professions. WMC will continue to work on addressing this issue via the Future Wisconsin Project, which has identified workforce and business climate as its top two priorities. In fact, WMC committed to creating a better jobs projection mechanism for the state during the first annual Future Wisconsin Economic Summit held last December in Milwaukee. The goal is to help young people make career and thus, education and training choices based on good data of what jobs will be available when they are ready to enter the workforce.

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WCTC Dual Enrollment Academy graduate signs Registered Apprenticeship contract with Dynamic Tool & Design Article submitted by TDMAW member, Dynamic Tool & Design MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (Wednesday, July 29, 2015) – Waukesha County Technical College and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced Tuesday a Dual Enrollment Academy (DEA) graduate has applied his credits for prior learning and Youth Apprenticeship hours to a Registered Apprenticeship contract with Menomonee Falls-based Dynamic Tool & Design, Inc. Michael Nareski is the first DEA graduate to apply the academy’s curriculum and Youth Apprenticeship hours and competencies toward a Registered Apprenticeship as a Tool and Die Maker. Nareski signed his contract at Dynamic Tool on Monday in the presence of his parents, Dynamic Tool officials, WCTC officials and DWD Secretary Reggie Newson with agency Registered Apprenticeship staff. "Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is a key initiative in Governor Walker's talent development strategy that effectively prepares high school students for postsecondary education and good-paying, high-demand jobs," said DWD Secretary Reggie Newson. “Michael Nareski's achievements are reflective of state and local collaborations to bring together technical college instruction, industry recognized credentialing and work experience to accelerate the pursuit of advanced careers through Wisconsin's nationally recognized Registered Apprenticeship program." “Dynamic Tool & Design has supported the Registered Apprenticeship program for over 30 years and is proud to support the Youth Apprenticeship Program,” said David Miller, President of Dynamic Tool & Design. “Many of Dynamic’s employees have received training from WCTC and the company continually looks to local high schools and colleges for new talent. The Youth Apprentice/Registered Apprenticeship program is a win-win for Michael and Dynamic Tool and will help us maintain our industry leadership,” Miller said. Nareski attended E-Achieve Academy – an independent virtual charter school administered through the School District of Waukesha – and through his concurrent DEA curriculum was able to complete six of the required courses for a Tool and Die Maker Apprenticeship, which is equivalent to 250 hours of the 576 hours of required paid

Left to right: Seated – Joshua Johnson, Apprenticeship Training Representative; Michael Nareski; Craig Lau, Vice President of Dynamic Tool & Design. Standing – Erin Cherney, WCTC Youth Apprenticeship, Youth Options, & Course Options Coordinator; Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson; WCTC DEA Coordinator Sandra Maylen; David Miller, President of Dynamic Tool & Design; WCTC Dean of Applied Technologies Mike Shiels.

related instruction. Nareski was credited 350 of his 712 hours worked in his Youth Apprenticeship in Manufacturing and will complete his Registered Apprenticeship coursework at WCTC. “This alone saves Dynamic Tool the cost of Mike’s wage for those 250 hours, the cost for the Apprenticeship class tuition, helps create a succession plan for Dynamic Tool, and also frees up more time for Mike to work toward his 9,824 hours of on-the-job learning,” said WCTC Dean of Applied Technologies Mike Shiels. DEA, which began as a pilot program in fall of 2013, allows high school seniors to earn technical college credits while they develop in-demand skills to enter the workforce. Currently, program options include Tool and Die/CNC, Welding/Metal Fabrication, Printing and Publishing and Baking and Pastry Production. The program is a collaboration between WCTC, eight local industries and thirteen high schools. Ninetyfive percent of this year’s DEA trainees graduated from the program, and 83 percent of the graduates gained employment upon graduation. About Youth Apprenticeship to Registered Apprenticeship Authorized by state statute since 1991, Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship (YA) program is a nationally recognized work-based learning model operated by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and

regional consortium partners to help high school students gain academic and technical college-level instruction in a hands-on learning environment with mentored onthe-job training in an occupational area of interest over one or two years. Students who complete the program graduate on track, earn a YA completion certificate, and may receive technical college credit and industry credentials. YA provides youth with the skills needed for postsecondary education and employment success, including Wisconsin Registered Apprenticeship (RA) program opportunities with employer commitments to hire and train certified skilled workers through related classroom instruction and work-based learning under the supervision of experienced journey workers. Find more information about YA and RA here: http://www. dwd.wisconsin.gov/youthapprenticeship/ and http:// www.dwd.wisconsin.gov/apprenticeship/. About Waukesha County Technical College Waukesha County Technical College, the leader in workforce development, prepares learners for success within the region and global economy. The college serves nearly 24,000 students annually and offers areas of study including associate degree, technical diploma, apprenticeship and short-term certificate programs. Customized training is also available for employers. To learn more, visit www.wctc.edu. About Dynamic Tool & Design, Inc. Dynamic Tool & Design Inc. is a global, plastic injection mold manufacturer located in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. In business for 39 years, Dynamic Tool & Design, Inc. is a technological leader within the industry. Dynamic Tool & Design is an employee-owned company. Visit www.dyntool.com.

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Web Filtering Explained: How to Filter the Web without Affecting Employee Productivity Why Is Web Filtering Important?

Protecting your company’s sensitive information from data loss or data compromise is paramount. Employees can (whether knowingly or unwittingly) expose your organization to viruses and malware just by surfing the web. Unfortunately, this leads to weak points in your network security—plus, your employees can become a liability to your company’s integrity, which in some cases, can lead to legal trouble. These are all major reasons companies choose to implement web content filtering. You may want your employees to have free reign with their internet access. Maybe you believe that free-range internet access allows your employees to better do their jobs. Maybe you believe your staff won’t waste time browsing social media or shopping sites. Unfortunately, recent research suggests that the average employee wastes up to an hour of work each day messing around online. Yet, employees have selfreported estimations of 2 or more hours of company time wasted surfing the web each day. The International Data Corporation (IDC) conducted a survey and found that 30% to 40% of on-the-job internet use is non-work-related. Just like firewall permissions, web content filtering permissions are equally important to protect the security, integrity and productivity of your company.

How Does Web Filtering Work?

What kind of a business are you? Does every one of your employees need unrestricted access to the web? You definitely can’t eliminate the Internet completely, especially considering how important it is to successful businesses these days. Seeing as it’s highly likely your employees also use the web as a tool on the job, it all boils down to finding the right balance. Secure Web Gateways are a specific type of firewall, created to protect your company from web abuse. A secure web gateway acts as a perimeter security solution. Designed to protect companies from web-based threats, enforce internet acceptable-use policies, and help companies manage web usage, these gateways can: 24 | TDMAW HQ 262-532-2440

• Block viruses and malware by restricting access to known threats living on the web • Block employees from visiting websites with malware and other threats • Block employees from visiting sites that violate company policies (porn, weapons, hate speech, etc.) Some Web Gateways include advanced features like: • The ability to identify suspicious websites on the fly and place them on a blacklist until they can be reviewed, and • Employee guidance that explains why certain websites are blocked or warns your employees that certain sites are suspicious.

How to Make WebFiltering Employee Friendly

One of the biggest challenges isn’t enabling and monitoring a Secure Web Gateway. It also isn’t about making a power move designed to force employees to work harder for longer. The issue is getting employees to understand just how serious “safe and responsible” web surfing is, and how important it is to everyone’s job within an organization. Here are a few ways to balance security, integrity and productivity with employee happiness:

Activity Quotas

• Secure web gateways can also be used to impose reasonable limits on employee activities. For example, they can limit how much time employees can spend online in a day or the number of megabytes they can download. The gateway can also control the use of social media applications during work hours or block them altogether.

Usage Reports

• Secure web gateways can also provide dashboard-type overview charts and detailed reporting on web usage and present aggregate information such as company internet usage by time period and department. They can also allow managers to drill down and look at details, such as websites visited most often, the employees using the most bandwidth, and the employees using questionable search terms.

Business managers can apply controls selectively (access permissions), so people aren’t prevented from doing their jobs. For example, they could: • Allow marketing employees to access social media sites while limiting others from getting distracted with noncompany surfing, • Allow the HR staff to research controversial and/or legal topics, while blocking access to other employees, • Block YouTube and other streaming video sites, except when those needs relate to training for on-the-job situations, • Allow employees to access shopping and online game sites during lunch, breaks, and outside of normal business hours, and • Improve productivity by enacting acceptable-use policies in creative ways designed to reduce surfing the web, while still enabling legitimate business use.

Educate Employees

The best way to encourage positive behavior is to educate your employees about the reasons you’ve enacted web filtering. If your employees understand how much irresponsible use of the Internet actually affects a company, they can become open to the idea of changing. Pair that with positive reinforcement, and your company will be well on its way to more responsible web use. Instead of wielding an iron fist, try to meet your people somewhere in the middle. Reinforce good habits by rewarding responsible use. Allow internet breaks along with other options Zen options such as: yoga, breathing/ meditation, free-time, etc. Encourage open communication and have HR find out what’s important to each individual that makes up your organization. Successful companies are those that work together and reward everyone for their hard work and effort. Allowing a little freedom can go a long way to keeping your company safe and secure, while maintaining its professional integrity. www.TDMAW.org


Scholarship Is Making a Difference

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hank you to TDMAW Partner, E. L. Simeth, for funding the Edward L. Simeth/TDMAW Scholarship Award! Every semester the TDMAW accepts applications for students currently enrolled in a Machine Tool Operations Program or a Tool & Die Program, at any accredited Wisconsin technical college. This fall semester, three lucky recipients were awarded $350.00 each, to be used towards tuition or books. TDMAW is currently accepting applications for the spring semester. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2016. Applications can be found on TDMAW.org, or you may contact the TDMAW Headquarters for more information: ToolMaker@TDMAW.org.

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TDMAW and the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show

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DMAW was happy to see so many of its members, partners and sponsors at this year’s WMTS! The consensus seems to be that this year’s show was one of the best in recent years. At the TDMAW booth business was steady, with many people stopping by to find out more about our association and how they could get involved. It was very encouraging to see! Many of our members, partners and sponsors were exhibiting at the show, including: • Advance Mold/EDM Supplies • Alliance Manufacturing • Alro Steel • ApTex, Inc. • Busch Precision, Inc. • Cultivate Communications • E. L. Simeth Company, Inc. • Fox Valley Metrology • Haas Factory Outlet • Hypneumat, Inc. • Industrial Fluid Solutions, LLC • Kinetic Company • ManagePoint LLC • Morris Midwest, LLC • Superior Die Set Corporation • Swick Technologies • ThermTech • Weller Machinery Company

E. L. Simeth Booth

We thank TDMAW Partner, Federated Insurance for being our exclusive dinner sponsor at the dinner meeting, upstairs from the WMTS on October 7, and TDMAW Sponsor, ManagePoint for offering concession/drink tickets to TDMAW visitors to their booth. If you participated in the WMTS, as an attendee or exhibitor, we hope you enjoyed the show!

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Randy Weber, Tom Braun and Pete Kambouris at TDMAW Booth

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Bank—Equipment Loans

Insurance—P&C, Health & Workers Comp

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Federated Insurance

Charles Starck | (920) 791-9089 www.usbank.com (see ad on page 9)

Computer Services for Business

Jeff Stevenson | 620-515-9414 www.federatedinsurance.com

Supplies/Full Line

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E.L Simeth - Milwaukee

Swick Technologies

Steve Simeth | (414)771-9270 www.elsimeth.com (see ad on page 11)

Gary Swick | (414) 257-9266 www.swicktech.com (see ad on page 25)

Heat Treating

MSC Industrial Supply

Sales | (262) 703-4000 www.metalworking.mscdirect.com

ThermTech of Waukesha, Inc.

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Kirk Springer | (262) 549-1878 www.thermtech.net

Sussex Tool & Supply - Sussex Sales | (262) 251-4020 www.sussextool.com (see ad on page 20)

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Sponsors Red Level Sponsors ApTex Waukesha Industrial Peter Delany | (262) 970-4833 www.aptex.biz (see ad on page 14) Weller Machinery Mike Weller | (262) 251-1500 www.wellerusa.com (see ad on page 16) Progressive Machinery, Inc. Tom Tank | (414) 577-3200 www.progressivemachinerywi.com (see ad on page 16)

Morris Midwest Walter Weigel | (414) 586-0450 www.morrismidwest.com (see ad on page 6) Busch Precision, Inc. Micheal Mallwitz | (414) 362-7305 www.buschprecision.com (see ad on page 20) The Kinetic Co., Inc. Jared or Cash Masters | (414) 425-8221 www.KnifeMaker.com (see ad on page 6) Cultivate Communications Dee Jensen | (262) 373-4000 www.cultivatecommunications.com (see ad on page 11)

White Level Sponsors Midwest Forman Metal Co. Marty Forman | (414) 351-5990 www.midwestformanrecycling.com (see ad on page 25)

Blue Level Sponsors Alro Specialty Metals Inside Sales | (800) 365-4140 www.alro.com

Industrial Fluid Solutions Sales | (920) 783-6600 www.industrialfluidsolutions.com

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Bell-Well Sales Co. Tom Schoenecker | (262) 781-3670 www.bellwellsales.com

Schroeder Group, S. C., Attorneys at Law, Sally Piefer (262) 798-8220 www.tsglaw.com

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Cincinnati Tool Steel Co. Ronald Cincinnati | (800) 435-0717 www.cintool.com (see ad on page 14)

Citizens Bank John Schmitz I (262) 548-0208 www.citizenbank.com (see ad on page 11)

Foundations Bank Steve Rossmeissel l (262) 746-3969 www.foundationsbank.com (see ad on page 6)

Fox Valley Metrology Kit Krabel | (920) 426-5894 www.foxvalleymetrology.com

Accurate Die Design Inc./Logopress3 Ray Proeber | (262) 938-9316 www.accuratediedesign.com (see ad on page 4)

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ManagePoint LLC David Steger | (414) 456-9837 www.manage-point.com (see ad on page 16)

(see ad on page 14)

Haas Factory Outlet Mark MacVicar | (262) 373-5050 www.hfomilwaukee.com

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Schenck M & A Solutions Corey Vanderpoel | (414) 465-5607 www.schencksc.com/ mergeradvisors (see ad on page 4)

Sikich LLP Cheryl Aschenbrener (262) 754-9400 www.sikich.com (see ad on page 5)

United Milwaukee Scrap Betsy Purcell | (414) 449-4411 www.umswi.com (see ad on page 5)

von Briesen & Roper, S. C. Patrick Cannon | (414) 287-1254 www.vonbriesen.com (see ad on page 4)

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